Iran, on Friday, announced the resumption of diplomatic relations with Djibouti after a seven-year hiatus caused by the East African country’s backing for Saudi Arabia’s execution of a prominent Shia cleric in 2016, Anadolu Agency reports.
Iran and Djibouti agreed to restore diplomatic ties late Thursday during a meeting between Iranian Foreign Minister, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, and his Djiboutian counterpart, Mahamoud Ali Youssouf, on the sidelines of the 78th session of the UN General Assembly in New York.
The two countries agreed to develop friendly relations based on mutual respect for sovereignty, equality, mutual benefit and peaceful coexistence, said a statement issued by the Iranian Foreign Ministry.
During the meeting, Youssouf stressed that his government welcomes the establishment of inclusive relations with Iran. “We are ready to strengthen the relations,” the statement quoted the top Djiboutian diplomat as saying.
Amir-Abdollahian, for his part, said “We can establish robust ties and expand our cooperation in all areas.”
The two sides also decided to expand the two countries’ cooperation in various fields, including investment and trade. Tehran is ready to share its scientific and technological capabilities with Djibouti, Amir-Abdollahian said.
“Both foreign ministers reaffirmed their support for the Palestinian nation and the Palestinian cause,” the statement added.
Djibouti joined seven other nations in cutting ties with Tehran in support of Saudi Arabia in 2016 after attacks on Saudi diplomatic missions in the country during protests over the execution of prominent Shia cleric, Nimr Al-Nimr.